A lot of things to cover, a lot of people to answer to 😁.
I like emulators as much as the next guy, I just don't see the point in running them in old hardware, unless you want to see how well it runs them out of curiosity. Like you say, playing N64 and PS1 games on 99' hardware is pretty amazing.
But on my modern PC I can use software rendering and play all those PS1 games at a higher resolution. It runs them better, that's the key word here. You could stress the fact that a lot of games can run better on modern PCs and I would recognise that. In the end, we're both right 😜.
I think my board has 512K indeed, no need to go beyond 256MB though, even there it is mostly useless!
All those reviews are interesting and I've spent countless hours reading them, but in the end there is not one big comparison between K6-3+ and Pentium 2/3 ( and Celeron) CPUs. I want to test as many games as possible and see where the true weaknesses of the K6 are and how that affects performance!
To me, once I found a stable setup, the K6-3+ has been a great CPU. Fast enough for most games I wanted to play and slow and compatible enough with older games. It's been a few years since I've used a 440BX machine, but damn I loved my Pentium 3 500!!!
Quake 2's 3Dnow patch is phenomenal. Much like swaaye says, it is probably the most impressive usage of 3Dnow! Unfortunately, most games will not show anywhere near that kind of performance leap.
Was there any 1999-2000 game that made use of SSE in a similar matter? This could be interesting to take a look at.
Alas, it seems I was mistaken and I do not possess a Pentium II 450, but rather a 400. This might actually suit my needs better! Is it possible to run a 100MHz FSB Pentium II at 66MHz FSB? Does that depend on the motherboard?
I'm not expecting miracles, I'd just like to see how much the Pentiums really matter when it comes to Hardware Accelerated 3D ,and of course, I just want to satisfy my curiosity and spend my time doing something that I absolutely love to do 😀.